New to GIS and web mapping

GIS is a convenient shorthand for Geographic Information Systems.

GIS are used to capture, store, analyse, manage and present data that refer to or are linked to location. Many organisations use geographic information, from simple address details to complex multi-layer mapping data, in order to represent the physical location of an object in space.

GIS are used for a wide variety of tasks including mineral exploration and exploitation, emergency response, development planning, traffic management and navigation. By using digital data instead of paper maps, GIS applications allow the user great speed and flexibility. Complex information can be clearly and simply depicted in a visual chart or map, which can be output and readily understood - "A picture speaks a thousand words".

Cadcorp is one of a number of software vendors that develop and market GIS. Cadcorp has been a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC) since 1997. The OGC is a worldwide industry consortium aimed at growing interoperability for technologies involving spatial information and location. Much as the concept of remote data storage accessible through common tools underpins the World Wide Web, the OGC seeks to make it possible to use geospatial applications regardless of the data source and the platform, be it for the web, location-based or mainstream IT. End users need not even be aware of the diversity and complexity behind their application. Cadcorp sees OGC standards as technology enablers for the use and growth of GIS technologies within current and future distributed computing environments.

Further reading
  • Cadcorp's relationship with the OGC is covered in more detail
  • For an explanation of the functionality within Geographic Information Systems (GIS) download Introductory Paper 2